Mandatory help and prevention of problem gambling

Mandatory help and prevention of problem gambling

We are all witnessing the tremendous development of the online gambling industry these days.


Along with the efforts to sustain its growth, the industry has to deal with the ongoing problems associated with this development


Finding the solutions and ways to help and prevent problem gambling is very important for modern casino industry. A lot of time, dedication and efforts have been devoted to study all the pertinent factors that have a direct or indirect bearing on such a big number of problem gamblers nowadays.

The easy access to multiple gambling sites is one of the main factors for the increasing number of problem gamblers. The experts look for special tools to prevent problem gambling in general. This is the best way to help problem gamblers remove themselves from the activity.

Actually the new system allowing problem gamblers to block themselves from all UK betting websites is ready and it has been recently approved by the industry regulator.

No Time to Waste

As the new system for prevention, Gamestop, has been already approved, all gambling operators will be instructed to sign up. It will be an obligatory condition for their licensing and operating activity. It is also expected that the UK Gambling Commission will announce this requirement very soon.

The new system Gamestop has been approved but criticized as well. The main concerns in this strong criticism are related with the effectiveness of the new system, whether or not the measures of the new system will be effective. In reality the self-exclusion programs can be avoided by problem gamblers it they choose to. 

Possible Problems around Gamestop

As soon as Gamestop has been released the UK Gambling Commission warned the Remote Gambling Association of concerns over failings within the new system. They insist on the fact that the system did not match the list of their registered users with the promotional mailing lists of the companies. As a result of choosing the self-exclusion option, gamblers might be bombarded with promotional materials.

This might lead to new temptations and struggle for the problem gambler that needs real help. Obviously there are still some issues regarding the released program but the operators hope that it will be sorted soon.

Most part of the UK operators have already committed to the scheme as they don't want to meet the risk of loosing their license.

The number of gamblers using Gamestop is increasing. Despite many fears of new problems, with its first steps the system of Gamestop has shown positive results.

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